Friday, March 9, 2012

Tricycle Art

Tricycle, via Ricasoli, LivornoA tricycle in “Via Ricasoli”.

A three-wheeled vehicle aptly evokes the fundamental components of Buddhist philosophy. Buddhism itself is often referred to as the “vehicle to enlightenment,” and the tricycle’s three wheels allude to the three treasures: The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, or the enlightened teacher, the teachings, and the community. The wheels also relate to the turning of the wheel of dharma, or skillfully using the teachings of the Buddha to face the challenges that the circle of life presents.
(About The Tricycle Foundation in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review)

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20 comments:

Michelle said...

A great correlation between the philosophy and the vehicle.

Tash said...

How interesting. I thought they were just more practical for balance (obvious) and for carrying more stuff. I remember a woman back when I was a kid in Tuzla (Bosnia) who used it for her transportation (rain or shine).

Luis Gomez said...

Love this post VP. Thanks.

Kate said...

Well, this is the first time I have read this kind of description for a tricycle.

Halcyon said...

A cute find!

Randy said...

It gets the groceries home.

Theanne said...

What I need to carry Baron around in!

Dina said...

A thoughtful connection. Nice.

cieldequimper said...

That's what I would need but I'm not sure I'd pedal philosophically.

Traveling Hawk said...

It's practical but pretty ugly.

I like the correlation you made!

Steffe said...

It's a bike and that is all that counts!

Cezar and Léia said...

So beautiful bike.It reminds me one that I had when I was a kid!
Happy weekend,
Léia

Taken For Granted said...

This tricycle may work as an analogy of Buddhism on several levels, but as a rider of a motorcycle and sidecar I can tell you that any vehicle with three wheels is unstable. That doesn't work well for Buddhism, perhaps the most stable of all religious philosophies. Nice photo however.

JM said...

So cool! It reminds me of the only transport there was at a gorgeous peninsula named Muisne, on the Ecuador coast, where I spent some lovely days. The 'box' was the place for passengers! :-)

EG CameraGirl said...

Interesting information about the tricycle... but I'm still not ready to use one. :))

Jack said...

Gee, I thought it was just a more stable version of people-powered transportation.

Babzy said...

Interesting post , i would never have tought of that watching a tricycle :)

Virginia said...

Thanks for enlightening us! :) I love this ROUGE bike. I have one in Paris I'll be posting this week as well.
Bon weekend VP!
V

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'll certainly look at a tricycle in a more respectful way now VP. Love this image.

Hilda said...

Gosh, I never realized there was a deeper meaning to tricycles. I just thought it made for a more stable (no balancing) and convenient (bigger rack) cycle.